Whatley flexes to gold at CAC bodybuilding championship


In 2016, Selvon Bruce Whatley Bruce snared a gold and a silver when the championship was held in the Dominican Republic.

Now in 2018, he went even better by winning gold in the Masters and Middleweight when the 45th edition of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship was held over the weekend in Mexico City.

More so, Whatley came in second to Grenadian Damion Daniel, but was still able receive his IFBB Elite Pro Card.

Speaking to News Room Sport, the body builder, who is a trained social worker, stated, “It is a great feeling winning two gold medals for Guyana. My preparation started later than usual, but I worked hard; the competition was very intense.”

The top three Men’s Physique performers in the Under 174cm class. At far right is Guyana’s Emmerson Campbell

In the Men’s Physique category, gold once again evaded the grasp of Emmerson Campbell as he finished third in the Under 174cm class. It was the second CAC medal for Campbell, a three-time and reigning national physique champion.

At his last outing, he snared a silver medal in his class. Campbell thanked Fitness Express, the National Sports Commission/Ministry of Social Cohesion, Bounty Farm Limited, the local bodybuilding federation and others for making his sojourn a success.

The nation’s other representatives, Caerus Cipriani (Men’s Physique) and Alisha Fortune (Body Fitness), were not as fortunate.

Cipriani fell just short of the podium, finishing fourth in his class (Under 182cm) of six, while Fortune was unable to make it in the final six after pre-judging.

Guyanese Keavon Bess (fourth from right-back row) was re-appointed legal counsel for the Caribbean Bodybuilding Federation

Off the stage, Keavon Bess, a former President of the local federation, presided over the elections, as returning officer, at the General Assembly of the Central America and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (CACBBFF). Furthermore, he was reappointed as Legal Counsel of CACBBFF and elected as a Commissioner of its Anti-doping Commission.

Meanwhile, President of the Guyana Amateur Body Building Federation (GABBF), Coel Marks, applauded the work of the athletes and envisioned to make better plans for next year.

“As always, our athletes always bring home hardware when they leave. Unfortunately though, due to unforeseen circumstances Kerwin [Clarke] couldn’t compete which would have yielded more medals.”

“We will be hosting more seminars, disseminating more information about judging and strengthening the understanding of what is expected in overseas competition to better aid the knowledge when prepping. But more importantly raising more resources to ease athletes’ financial burdens when aspiring to do these shows.”

The 46th edition of the Games will be held in Puerto Rico next year.

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